Surrey Road League Series

In the blink of an eye, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to a successful cross country season and welcome the return of the Surrey Road League series for 2016.  With distances ranging from 5k to half marathon, there is something for everyone to get involved, but don't delay entering as some races are known to fill up in advance.
 
The club enjoyed great representation in 2015 – what will 2016 hold?  Here’s a recap of those all important success stories to whet your competitive appetite:
 
Overall, the Men’s team placed 7th and the Women’s team narrowly missed on a podium place finishing 4th (out of 32 teams) in the final standings;
Norman Urquia placed 8th out of 11 in the MV40 category;
Bernadette Maher Allan placed 5th out of 6 in the Seniors category;
Chiara Samele placed 4th out 7 in the FV45 category;
Emilia Freegard placed 3rd out of 3 in the FV55 category;
The women’s team of Kate Carter, Samantha Pickford, Sune du Toit and Bernadette Maher Allan secured 3rd place at the Elmbridge 10k.
 
 
Entry to the League is free of charge for Surrey affiliated clubs but all runners must enter the races as normal and pay the organisers' entry fees.
 
The League consists of seven races and there are separate competitions for men's and women's teams, senior men and women, men over 40, over 50 and over 60 and women over 35, over 45 and over 55.  The races remain unchanged from 2015 and are as follows:
 
Sunday 1st May: Richmond Half Marathon (entries are known to fill up quickly for this one)
Sunday 8th May: Sutton 10k
Sunday 5th June: Dorking 10
Sunday 19th June: Richmond 10k
Saturday 16th July: Elmore 7
Sunday 24th July: Elmbridge 10k
Sunday 14th August: Wimbledon Dash 5k
 
 
 
Team Competitions
 
The first three finishers from each competing club will comprise the scoring team, and the sum of their finishing positions will form their team score. In the event of a tie, the relative position of the third scorer will be the decider. League points will be scored according to the number of clubs entered. For example, if 30 clubs are taking part, the winning club in each race will score 30 points, second will score 29 and so on.
 
If any competing clubs have fewer than three runners in any race, their team score will still be the sum of their runners' finishing positions. For League points, clubs with two runners will be ranked below all those with three and clubs with one runner will be ranked below all those with two. If a club has no runners in any race, they will score no League points for that race.
 
The League will be decided on each club's best five scores from the seven races. In the event of a tie, the best six races will be taken into consideration, and if there is still a tie, all seven. If there is still a tie, the total team points in each race will decide.
 
Individual Competitions
 
All runners from clubs taking part in the League will earn an individual score in one of the age categories.
 
The first finisher in each category will score one point, second two points and so on. The League will be decided on each runner's best five scores from the seven races. In the event of a tie, the best six races will be taken into consideration, and if there is still a tie, all seven. If in any category no runner competes in five races, then the best four will be taken, and so on.
 
The age group into which an athlete falls in the first League race in which he or she competes will determine his or her age group for the season.
 
Eligibility
 
All members of Surrey-affiliated clubs are eligible for the League. Individual Surrey qualification is not required. Second-claim members may compete provided that their first-claim club is not in the League.
 
Second-claim members who are likely to enter League races for their first-claim clubs must be declared to the League Secretary before the first fixture.
 
Comments...

I've just noted that entries

I've just noted that entries for the Elmbridge 10k on 24 July are now open. And, ladies, you are defending your title on that one!

Why are the club relays on

Why are the club relays on the same day as the Sutton 10K if we are encouraging members to run in this race series?

It's a very good point. Can

It's a very good point. Can the relays be moved?

The club 5x5 relay date was

The club 5x5 relay date was set prior to the Road League dates being set and communicated to us. I will highlight this with the committee and see whether there is scope to move the date. Stay tuned.

Just to add that all seven fixture dates have now been confirmed. I've updated the details above as well as the events calendar so that they feed through correctly on the 'upcoming club races' section of the website.